April 26, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am Holy Communion with Children’s Time Sanctuary
9:40 am Sunday School Chapel Conference Room
9:45 am Journeys in Faith Gathering Fireside Room
10:00 am  Refreshments Heritage Hall
10:00 am Sunday School School Rooms
10:00 am Confirmation Youth Room
10:10 am Adult Forum—Kyle K. Schiefelbein — Auditorium
11:00 am
 — Choral Eucharist Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour — Heritage Hall
12:30 pm  El Salvador Ministry Meeting  Conference Room
4:00 pm — Noe Valley Chamber Music Concert — Sanctuary

World Malaria Day-April 26th
Every year, millions of people around the globe observe World Malaria Day on April 25. The ELCA Malaria Campaign is again turning this day into a special week. Right now, we are at a historic moment in the life of our church and this campaign. Five years ago we set a goal, dreamed big with our Lutheran companion churches and partners, and set out to raise $15 million by 2015. The time to make this dream a reality is now. Together, we have already raised over 90 percent of our goal. If we join together during this special time, we have the opportunity to reach the $15 million mark. Our goal by the end of World Malaria Week is that we will have raised $1 million, enough to fully fund the rest of our country programs. If we don't reach our goal, malaria programs will not be able to be fully funded. The time is now. Together, we can make a lasting impact. 
 Please give to the campaign by making checks payable to St. Mark's and writing "malaria campaign" in the memo line. You can also give through St. Mark's website (designate your gift to the Malaria Campaign) 

Adult Forum, April 26-Lutheran Theology of Healing
St. Mark's member Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein is an adjunct professor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In this adult forum, he will discuss a Lutheran theology of healing in which Christ is both doctor and remedy, one of the topics covered in his recent dissertation. This will be placed alongside the church's current ritual practices of healing.
Next Sunday, May 3: Claimed, Gathered, Sent - We are Lutheran 
Does being the church matter? If it does, why and how do we as members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) make a difference in the world? By being church together, what can the ELCA uniquely offer to the world? This is the second of a series of five Sundays reflecting on what being the church means today.  This Sunday we look at how we are Lutheran.  

Sharing our Spiritual Stories
Every Monday from 11:00 - 12:00 in Brockie Lounge at Martin Luther Tower with Pastors Elizabeth and Bekah.  Everyone welcome! Refreshments provided.

Mt. Cross Ministries Memorial Work Weekend & BBQ, May 22-24, 2015 
Join us this Memorial Day Weekend as we prepare our facilities for the upcoming summer season! 
Participate in skill appropriate work projects, enjoy evening family activities and Relax at our Memorial Day BBQ!
Unable to attend for the whole weekend? Come for our Memorial Weekend BBQ (May 24 2-5 PM) and enjoy camp activities and delicious food! 
To register or receive additional information, visit www.mtcross.org

Save the Date! 
Summer Day Camp at St. Mark's: June 29-July 3, 2015
Children can come enjoy a week of faith-based fun here at St. Mark's during the week of June 29 - July 3. Day Camp is a unique partnership between our congregation and Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp. Children will enjoy group games, arts & crafts, worship, community building activities and Bible Encounters. The camp is open to youth who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade. Visit http://www.stmarks-sf.org/summerdaycamp to sign up or for more information.

Job Opportunities at St. Mark's
St. Mark's is accepting résumés for three staff positions:
Full Time Office Manager - Accountant
Part Time Administrative Assistant and Events Administrator
Part Time Communications and Media Coordinator
More information about the jobs and how to submit résumés may be found on the web at http://www.stmarks-sf.org/job-openings/
or contact Jeremy McClain at 415-928-7770 ext. 2460

Women's Monthly Study Gatherings
All women are welcome to come and study together at our evening and/or morning Women of the ELCA Gatherings.  In May our groups will meet on:
Evening Gathering - May 5from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for dessert and fellowship for the first half hour and then discussion until 8:30.   This month we will be reading Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler.
Second Tuesday - May 12 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for study at 11:00 and then at noon to eat their sandwich or salad and share fellowship.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.  This year our focus will be on Transforming Life and Faith by Carol Scheersten LaHurd and our program topic for May is "The Church Transforming and Reforming."  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or suzathome@comcast.net.

Donate Flowers in 2015
The 2015 Flower donation chart is posted in the hallway across from the church kitchen. St. Mark's members and friends can sign up to donate flowers for the chancel on a Sunday by placing your name on the chart for the Sunday you wish. Your donation can be in memory of a loved one or in honor of a particular occasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Interfaith Food Pantry  
Each year, St. Mark's - along with several other churches - rotates on a weekly basis to distribute food to the needy at Old First Presbyterian Church (1751 Sacramento Street near Van Ness Avenue.) We are looking for at least 12 volunteers for each session to help. The dates for 2015 are Saturdays May 9, June 27, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am.
http://www.stmarks-sf.org/ministries/pantry to sign up or for more information

Lands of Luther Tour with Pastors Elizabeth and Hans Oct. 30 - Nov. 9
On Sunday, May 17, Hans and I will welcome all confirmed travelers to our home, 2:00 - 3:30, for light refreshments.  We will use this opportunity to begin building our community, looking at the itinerary in detail, and preparing our hearts and minds for this trip.  If you are thinking of joining this pilgrimage, please turn in your reservation form and deposit at your earliest convenience.  If you have any questions, please contact Pr. Elizabeth at Ekdale@stmarks-sf.org or 415 928-7770 ext. 230.  There is room available on the tour!

SMOP/SMART Joint Outing, May 9th
Join us for the Half Moon Bay Maverick's Beach Cleanup from 9am to noon - See more at http://yaledayofservice.org/find-service-site/half-moon-bay-mavericks-beach-cleanup
To register, email Pr. Bekah indicating your interest before May 1st, transportation is available.

Lenten Box Collections-Please return them!
The money collected in the St. Mark's Lenten boxes this year will be split between the Campaign for the ELCA and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

News from Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp
Registration is now open for summer programs at Mt. Cross! This year's theme, "A Love that Never Ends", centers around discussion of Deuteronomy 6:5 and what it means to love as God loves. Visit the Mt. Cross website to view a list of  exciting programming options for children, youth groups, and families: http://www.mtcross.org/#!summer-programs/c3vg 
Mt. Cross has also begun hiring staff for the summer of 2015! Camp can be a transformative and rewarding experience for participants and staff alike. Know of anyone 18 years or older who would enjoy working at camp? Please encourage them to apply at: http://www.mtcross.org/#!employment/c1vudoccasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Upcoming Sunday School Events
April 26th: Big Group: all ages meet together with the Pastor, who will give a lesson on Communion and Baptism.  This is an excellent opportunity for our children to bond with the Pastors.
May 17th: No Sunday School or confirmation Class
May 24th: Memorial Day: Regular Classes
May 31st: Last Day of Sunday School. PARTY!!!!

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Greg Jahnke, Linda Jackson (11)
 Lectors...Robert Rathmell (9); Cora Rose (11)
 Chalice Bearers...Lin Cerles, Lisa Gray (9); Jane Borg (11)
 Acolytes...Ed Chitty, Mila Sall  
 Ministry of Welcome...Marisa Lee, Louis Gutierrez (9); Larry DeSpain, Gail and Cal Culp (11)
 Coffee Hour Chairs...John Elford, Marge Okuley, and Hiroko Nagata
                                       Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia and Chuck Lewis